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Virgin Spring Cinefest is an Official Member of Film Society of Lincoln Centre - New York, University of Cambridge – UK, ICA – Boston, AFI - California , UCLA - Los Angeles.
VS CINEFEST is an international live screening film festival, with a yearly live screening mega award event in the City of Joy, Kolkata (India) scheduled on 22nd and 23rd October 2018. The monthly live screenings takes place at the end of each month at Indira Cinema (one of the most prestigious heritage movie venues of Kolkata).
The festival has been named in honor of Ingmar Bergman’s classic film "Virgin Spring" and it has been launched to showcase independent art-house films from around the world.
The Mission of Virgin Spring Cinefest is to create a platform that every filmmaker needs, in order to showcase and get recognitions for their films. The objective of the Film Festival is to support independent filmmakers through reviewing, judging, marketing, and distribution networking, and trying to overcome any other obstacles which potentially hinder the artist’s ability to create. We have created monthly editions to give continuity to the selection process and a steady feedback to the filmmakers. Instead of waiting for months before getting an answer from the festival, filmmakers are immediately contacted if selected. Their works are privately screened every month and evaluated by a team of experts in the industry. All entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged against a high standard of merit and are scored accordingly. The monthly winners will then compete to be screened at our annual event. The event aims to create a strong relationship between filmmakers, producers and distributors from all over the world.
The winners from each month will be screened each year at an annual live festival which includes filmmaker Q&As, stalls, special guests and awards presentations. All the monthly winners will also compete for the Golden Galaxy Award (Best film of the year) in October 2018.
Submissions are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway.
All projects officially selected in each month receive the VS CINEFEST laurel and certificate, and are rated at their IMDb pages (if applicable). All monthly Award Winners will receive the VS CINEFEST laurel and customized certificate. All entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged against a high standard of merit and are scored accordingly.
Each month, the most representatives of monthly award winners will be screened in Kolkata, at Indira Cinema, and reviewed by CULT CRITIC film magazine. These reviews are shared at each film IMDb page (if applicable). Some filmmakers, screenwriters and actors/actresses could be invited for an interview to be published as well in CULT CRITIC film magazine. Judges score quality and creativity of entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded monthly at four levels:
The winners from each month will be screened each year at an annual live festival which includes filmmaker Q&As, stalls, special guests and awards presentations. All the monthly winners will also compete for the GOLDEN GALAXY AWARD (Best film of the year) in October, 2018
What we’re looking for? Prolific art-house films, which can be in the form of narrative (fiction), documentary (non-fiction), or animation.
The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).
By submitting your film, you agree that Virgin Spring Cinefest can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purpose.
Virgin Spring Cinefest does not accept the following:
1. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations
2. Films which are made before 2000
3. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, or video resolution less than 720p HD)
Genres accepted: Fiction, documentary, and animation.
All Lengths Accepted
Response from festival:
Thank you so much and congratulations once again. The motto of our festival is to encourage independent filmmakers and help their reach their goals by spreading the message of their film through the live screenings. We look forward to more film submissions from your side. Happy Filmmaking